The Cinderella Man: Former DeMatha guard makes history

lylesBALTIMORE – The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s basketball team was loose and relaxed during a pre-NCAA Tournament workout earlier last week.

There was no question that they knew what they had before them – playing top-ranked Virginia as a No. 16 seed – would be a tall task.    


Wilcox leads Lady Mustangs to shutout Panthers

BaileyWilcoxpitchesFORESTVILLE — A frigid burst of cold weather and howling winds beat down on Bishop McNamara High School when the Lady Mustangs played the Paul VI Catholic High School on March 16 in a softball match, but Lady Mustangs pitcher Bailey Wilcox did not seem too bothered with it.

“This is the warmest weather we’ve played in,” she said. “It was 29 degrees on Wednesday, and that was really hard.”


Bowie High School wrestler caps off a magical season

imagejpeg 0BOWIE – One day, many years from now, Nathaniel White of Bowie High School will be having a conversation with friends or family about his high school days. And when he does, White will most likely smile when discussing what he did as a senior wrestler at Bowie.

White had a perfect season this winter with Bowie. The 132-pounder won the Class 4A-3A state title last week and finished the season with an impressive 42-0 record, closing it out with a 3-2 decision over Isaiah Edmond of North Point in the championship match despite battling an injury in the closing seconds.  

The only points White allowed in the final match were a pair of escapes. White remained in control throughout most of his matches this season.

“He did really well,” Bowie coach Aaron Hankey said. “He dominated everybody throughout the whole season.”  

White did face a tough finish, though, injuring his ankle with 14 seconds left. Hankey said he simply gutted it out until time ran out, and White finished with the one-point victory.    


Local basketball products shining in NCAA Tourney

Franklin Howard Photo by Michael J. Okoniewski SU Athletic CommunicationsBALTIMORE – Frank Howard is from Suitland and went to Paul VI but now has grown into an essential part of the Syracuse men’s basketball team that is doing something its done a lot – causing all kinds of trouble in the tournament.     

Howard had a breakout year this season and came through big in Sunday’s 55-53 upset over Michigan State on March 18.    

He scored 13 points in as No. 11 seed Syracuse pulled out a two-point win over the third-seeded Spartans. 


Wildcats baseball looking for prolonged success

Adonis Escano 4BRANDYWINE – Battling winds as high as 12 miles per hour, Adonis Escano did not wait long to find the perfect pitch. The senior captain for the Northwestern High School baseball team smacked a line drive hit straight toward the center field wall during a preseason scrimmage at Gwynn Park High School on March 16. Escano flew out of the batter’s box, leaving a trail of dust with each step, before sliding safely into third base.


Local pro boxer remains unbeaten and is on the rise in boxing scene

antuanne barclays 2BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Captiol Heights native Gary Antuanne Russell (a 2016 US Olympic boxing team member) earned his fourth win as a pro with a TKO of Keasen Freeman on March 3 on the undercard of Deontay Wilder's heavyweight championship fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and is preparing for his next combatant.

Russell is the youngest brother of the royal family of boxing in the DMV. His older brother Gary Russell, Jr. is the featherweight champion of the world. Brother Antonio is also undefeated as a pro and are all are trained by their father, Gary Russell, Sr.

Antuanne, 22, is on the rise and improved to 4-0 with four knockouts so far.


Torrey Smith engages with community for social activism

Torrey SmithCOLLEGE PARK — National Football League standout wide receiver Torrey Smith is entering his eighth season playing at the highest level of competition and has already built a career that most players merely dream of.

As the 58th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Smith played a vital role in the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl run during the 2012 season. The 29-year-old player from the University of Maryland started all 16 games, and accounted for 855 yards on 49 receptions, ranking second on the team in receiving yards behind only Anquan Boldin.


High School track results

BALTIMORE – No teams won at the recent state track meet held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, but there were some good performances over the two-day event.


Lady Raiders win 4A title over Catonsville, 60-56

taylormccormick2TOWSON — The Eleanor Roosevelt girls’ basketball team ran into a bevy of problems during the class 4A state title game at the SECU Arena in Towson on March 10.  


Gators end Bladensburg’s state championship dreams

DanielOladapo5COLLEGE PARK – Bladensburg Boys' Basketball Head Coach Antonio Williams walked by each one of his players, hugging them before they received their Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) State Finalist medals. As he accepted the trophy representing second place, the rugged Williams lifted it over his head and presented the prize to all the fans in attendance.